London's Nova Victoria development includes two office buildings that just won the non-coveted Carbuncle Cup for the UK's ugliest building. Via BD magazine:
According to developer Land Securities' marketing literature, 'Nova North and Nova South are two distinct, architecturally daring buildings within the Nova scheme. Together, they create a new landmark business address in London'.
The judges disagreed, describing the building as 'crass', 'over-scaled' and 'a hideous mess' Judge Catherine Croft said, "Nova should have been good as it's a prestige site. It makes me want to cringe physically. It's a crass assault on all your senses from the moment you leave the Tube station."
The project beat out readers' most-hated project, the renovated Battersea Power Station, soon to be surrounded by enormous glass buildings. Architecture critics are shadier than drag queens!